With Colts veterans reporting to training camp tomorrow, the stage is set for the team to begin crafting exactly what kind of team they’ll be this season. While they have a lot of players they like and some strong potential, there are a lot of question marks, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
Given General Manager Chris Ballard’s proclivity to keep the roster churning to bring new talent in to compete, it is safe to say no one should be surprised if he decides to make some moves with camp opening. One possible addition is cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who has a visit with the Colts this week. He also will visit the Raiders and Browns.
More interest in Breeland. He has visits scheduled with the Colts and Browns this week, a source said. https://t.co/wWSmFmpVrv— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) July 24, 2018
Breeland could add both competition and reliable play to the Colts cornerback group that has so much youth that it is more than a little scary. While Quincy Wilson has the opportunity to be something special if he develops the right way, and Nate Hairston can be an excellent nickel corner if he takes the next step, pairing your defensive hopes on the word “if” is a risky proposition in the NFL.
That’s where adding Breeland could be a big help. With the two starting safeties beginning camp on the active/PUP list, the Colts certainly can’t have both the cornerback and safety groups suffering from a lack of talent and competition. Breeland is just 26 years old and wouldn’t break the bank to sign, as he had previously agreed on a 3-year 24-million-dollar deal with the Panthers before he failed a physical with a cut on his foot.
Fully healthy now, the Colts can likely get him for a good price. As far as competition goes, they’ll have to deal with the Browns and Raiders, but a healthy Andrew Luck and a Super Bowl winning coach go a long way to sell a team to a prospective free agent. It is safe to expect that this is not the last time in the coming weeks that we will see the Colts kicking the tires on some of the remaining talent that is still available in free agency.